21/02/2016
And the world is suddenly better dressed.

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Tailored, chic and timeless—three things that come to mind when we think of TY-LR Woman. And if you’re as head over heels about the label as we are, you’ll be stoked to know you can now dress your man in TY-LR too.

The TY-LR Man collection will give Australian men’s fashion a boost in luxury. The collection launches today and we're so excited.

We interviewed the designer, Joshua Davies, ahead of the launch to find out everything we needed to know before we fall in love with the collection.

Talk us through the thinking behind TY-LRs foray into menswear

It was a effortless progression from the women’s range really… We were in the development stages of building a men’s brand with Australian Fashion Labels anyway, and everything we were doing seemed to align itself so naturally with the vision of the TY-LR Woman’s design teams. We proposed, if there was a TY-LR Woman, then what would the TY-LR Man look like? What would he wear, what would he do? It was invigorating to envision this power couple together as one and from that, we aligned ourselves with the women’s design teams and the destination brand of TY-LR was born. 

How would you describe the collection?

Understated, cool, wearable. 

Favourite elements in the collection?

Suiting and Leather. Both incredibly empowering pieces to wear. 

Do you prefer designing menswear or womenswear? Is one more difficult than the other?

No preference really. I don’t have a huge amount of commercial women’s design experience, but if we’re considering the advanced contemporary sector, then I think there are both comparisons as well as many differences between designing for the two. Mens trends evolve much slower, you have much later adapters to new shapes, styles, as well as colour. It is all about re-inventing time and again, classic shapes, contemporary interpretations. So the parameters of your design can be quite limited, which can prove to be quite difficult. Women’s, in an advanced contemporary sense, can be far more daring in its approach than men’s. Not in the trend-driven, fast-fashion sense of the word, but it allows for all design-based offerings – trims, colour, texture, shape, etc – to be up for interpretation. 

I guess if you were to imagine a painter, if they had the opportunity to paint with just one brush and a hand full of colours, or have the choice to work with an array of colour, multiple brushes [and] various mixed media, you can appreciate that both of those situations could be seen to be equally as challenging as the other. 

From where did you draw inspiration for your menswear collection?

Living both in Sydney and Adelaide has meant that I’m often on the move, not to mention the travel we do [for] work (most recently being a three week stint in NY) I usually draw from my own needs and those around me. I need a white shirt I can wear for an evening meal, paired with a multi-purpose sports coat, deconstructed, light and easy to travel with, or a pair of jeans to run around town in. I treat my own wardrobe as a capsule range, everything should be able to be pared back or dressed up together: shirts, coats, jackets, tees, the lot. Everything should be easy, wearable, adaptable. 

In saying all of the above, my belief is that men should also dress for occasion, so there are most definitely those highlight pieces. You don’t want to be that guy wearing his black work suit to a black-tie event (buy the tux, son). 

Hopefully each of the TY-LR ranges allow an offering of those great pairing pieces, for a man to build a solid, workable, and wearable wardrobe for all occasions. One in which he can build up season after season. 

How would you describe the TY-LR man?

Nonchalant, approachable, a modern day dandy.

What are the key pieces in the collection?

Key styles for the ranges are cropped jackets, and more volume in the trousers. We still offer classic shapes, like chinos and slim tailored trousers, but the fashion pieces are definitely on the way forward. 

Are there any big trends coming up in menswear to look out for?

Texture in outerwear, boucle wools and bold patterns, bigger cuffs and collars in shirting and knitwear. Everything went so neat and slender for so long, so its headed the other way. Nods to the ’90s have been popular, with the ’70s and now ’60s even making a triumphant return to the runways for Fall; all three of which offered a fairly relaxed silhouette. Double breasted suits have trickled their way from the sartorial streets of Florence to the high-end, and now into the mainstream. I could see this style sticking around for some time. Lastly, pleated trousers, that’s my call. 

What can we expect from TY-LR in the future?

The roll out of concession stores, a flagship on the North Terrace of Adelaide (in a beautiful refurbished heritage building built in the 1920s), as well as our US flagship store, headed for the cobblestone streets of SoHo on Mercer St, New York. To keep up to date follow @TYLR_AUS.

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